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FATAL MYTHS ABOUT GAS DETECTION: HOW YOU CAN AVOID THESE COMMON MISTAKES

Familiarity can breed complacent behaviour embracing routine at work can make a worker more efficient and productive, conversely, it can make their work predictable and automated. When dealing with gas detection, this could mean the difference between life and death.

Personnel must be engaged and be fully prepared to conquer any issue they face whilst working in hazardous environments where a toxic gas or fume could cause harm or a fatality, such as a Confined Space. User error, arrogance, or even a simple lack of judgement could be detrimental to one’s safety and well-being. It is imperative that those working in these conditions remain alert and ever-vigilant to the safety precautions – Confined Spaces leave little room for error.

Common mistakes include...

Gas Detection ESS Safeforce

"I CAN TRUST MY OWN SENSES."

One of the most common Confined Space toxic gases is Hydrogen Sulphide (H2S), a deadly gas with a distinctive rotten egg odour. Personnel that frequently enter Confined Spaces may feel confident that they can effortlessly recognise its presence, but this is only true when it is present in low concentrations. Even then, prolonged exposure can diminish olfactory nerves and can make it difficult to detect increasing gas levels. At a high concentration, H2S completely paralyses one’s sense of smell, at 500 - 1,000 ppm users will suffer from loss of consciousness and immediate collapse within one or two breaths, fatality is possible at this level if the worker is not removed from exposure. H2S at a level of 1,000 - 2,000 ppm can cause instant death, therefore it is paramount that personnel do not just rely on their senses, but also ensure that they carry a suitable gas detector to safely detect a hazardous atmosphere.

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'Gas Detector Unit Awareness & User Course', for more information contact us here.

Confined Space Training ESS Safeforce

"I'VE ALREADY HAD MY CONFINED SPACE TRAINING, I DON'T NEED TO COMPLETE MORE."

Familiarity and complacency comes back into play with this error in judgement. It is extremely important to refresh one’s memory with the standard Health & Safety precautions and be reminded of the risks tied to working in a Confined Space. With ongoing training, personnel will learn the limitations of their current gas detectors and whether they need an upgrade, get hands-on with new instruments, whilst also learning the new threshold standards in various industries. Confined Space Training delivers personnel the fundamental skills and awareness for keeping safe on the job; not keeping up-to-date with new standards and practices could end in disastrous results.

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Confined Space Safety

"I'VE DONE THIS JOB BEFORE. A PRE-ENTRY CHECK ISN'T IMPORTANT."

With false security, personnel risk the detrimental mistake of incorrectly performing a pre-entry check, or not even executing one altogether. Some toxic gases are immediately harmful to the entrant, so carrying a gas detector alone is not enough to alert one of a hazardous atmosphere. Atmospheric conditions within a Confined Space are often unstable, with the ability to shift rapidly and cause harm to personnel. This is why pre-entry checks alone are not sufficient, ongoing checks throughout the duration of the operation are also vital to monitor potential rapid atmospheric changes.

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Gas Detector Calibration

"THERE'S NO NEED FOR A REGULAR CALIBRATION."

Gas detectors must be calibrated as per the manufacturer's recommendations. Failing to do so could result in potentially harmful situations for all personnel involved. A gas detector with a self-bump test function is not enough to verify if the device is able to detect hazardous gas levels, it merely checks if the gas detector itself is operational. Should any substance, such as oil or dirt penetrate the sensor, a self-bump test will not detect this error and will give the go-ahead – despite the false indication that the gas detector will be able to accurately detect changes in the atmosphere. Calibrating the gas detector will ensure accurate readings from the sensor and provide results that meet the defined criteria.

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Area Gas Detectors

"ANY OLD GAS DETECTOR WORKS FOR ME."

Gas detectors, as a rule, all meet the minimum standard for use in a Confined Space. However, some perform better in different situations than others owing to the response time, design and durability. It is good practice to ensure that the potential Confined Space has been thoroughly checked and assessed. Factors to consider include the environmental elements, type of potential hazardous gases and the time spent in the Confined Space. If longevity and a durable model is needed to withstand timely projects and harsh elements, investment in a quality product has to be considered – these gas detectors may cost more, but the overall return on investment (a life saved) is a far more valuable asset.

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